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Weekly poll: Sony Xperia XZ1, hot or not?

Sony has updated its flagships piecemeal – the XZ added 2160p video capture that the X Performance was missing, the XZs improved the camera yet again and now the Xperia XZ1upgrades the chipset to 2017 standards. Did Sony cover everything you wished for with this latest iteration of X phone? The obvious thing that it’s missing is a bezel-less design that is standard for late 2017. A dual camera may be another, but by the sound of it the new Pixels will stick to one cam per side so dual cameras…

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Get Ready for EmTech MIT 2017

It’s hard to believe that our flagship technology event is gearing up for its 17th year this November. I feel lucky to say that this will be my sixth time attending EmTech MIT. Being present at EmTech each year is a privilege; it’s great to bear witness to the possibilities for the future at this wide technological crossroads. Recommended for You The UN Says the Global Digital Divide Could Become a Yawning Chasm Who Will Build the Health-Care Blockchain? A Carbon-Fiber Cage Could Crash-Proof Drone Delivery A Material That Throws…

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Drones, tractor hacks and robotic sprayers: the technology of farming

Farming may not be the first industry that comes to mind when we think of technological advancement, but that’s changing — fast. Agricultural giant John Deere, for instance, just spent $305 million to buy a robotics company. The farm machine manufacturer has been around for almost two centuries, but it too has felt the need to keep up with changing trends and tools, says Deanna Kovar, a marketing director for John Deere. Its acquisition, Blue River Technology, is a startup that makes agricultural robots capable of identifying weeds and other unwanted plants, and dosing them with high-precision sprays of herbicide. The…

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Opinion: Technology is a huge threat to humankind; this means you, Silicon Valley

Technology, which has made our lives incomparably better, is now one of the greatest threats facing humankind.All of the marvelous gadgets we’ve invented are not only thoroughly reinventing us, but they are doing it in ways that give us no idea of their full impacts. In short, we are undergoing a transformation/revolution that affects every aspect of our being — our brains, bodies, institutions, the entire world.It’s nothing less than The Revolution of Everything. For instance, MIT engineers have recently developed naturally conductive gold leaf that can be placed directly…

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Amazon looks to new food technology for home delivery

Amazon.com Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business. The world’s biggest online retailer has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters. The dishes would be easy to stockpile and ship because they do not require refrigeration and could be offered quite…

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Just What Tesla Doesn’t Need – Mazda’s New Internal Combustion Engine Technology

Tesla might not be all that happy about this and the various governments that are insisting upon electric only vehicles for the future might also regret that decision–Mazda has just announced a breakthrough in internal combustion engine technology. This is great for consumers of course as more choice is good as we get to pick and choose from among the various offerings to find something that more closely meets our needs and desires. But there’s also a larger economic point here which is that we just don’t know what is…

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